Zoopla.co.uk: Colin Firth Crowned the Nation’s Ideal Neighbour

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According to a recent survey conducted by Zoopla.co.uk, Britain’s most desirable neighbour is recent Oscar winner Colin Firth. Cheryl Cole and Ant & Dec were also highly rated, while Katie Price was deemed the worst celebrity to live next door to.

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British homeowners would most like to find themselves living next door to Colin Firth, according to the Zoopla.co.uk Celebrity Neighbour Survey for 2011. Glamour model, Katie Price was revealed as the by far the least desirable neighbour, according to the survey of 4,107 property owners on who they would most and least like to live next door to.

Colin Firth, confirmed his status as the man of the moment garnering more than 15% of the vote for most desirable celebrity neighbour. The ‘nation’s sweetheart’ Cheryl Cole was Firth’s nearest rival with nearly one in ten votes (9%), closely followed by Ant & Dec with 8.7%. Rounding off the top five most desirable neighbours were Jeremy Clarkson (8.1%) and Michael McIntrye (7.5%). And giving Cheryl Cole one more thing to tease her mentor over, Simon Cowell finds himself on the wrong list, coming in 10th place on Britain’s least desirable neighbour rankings with 2.7% of the vote.

In the stakes for least desirable celebrity neighbour Katie Price leaves all others in her dust with almost one in three respondents (29.1%) voting her the neighbour from hell. Her closest rivals for the top spot were Irish pop duo Jedward (12.6%), jungle hypochondriac Gillian McKeith (7.8%) and Dancing on Ice evictee Kerry Katona (7.6%). Alex Reid also made the top 10 least desirable list with 4.3% of the vote. And proving that he is trouncing his former wife for the public’s affections, Peter Andre just missed out on a spot in the top 10 most desirable celebrity neighbours, securing 13th place with 3% of the vote.

Proving that politics and popularity go hand in hand, David Cameron is one of only two names to appear on both the most and least desirable neighbours lists, gaining an almost equal share of the vote in both cases. The other name to appear on both lists, long known as a love him or hate him type and the ultimate marmite-celebrity, is Jeremy Clarkson although he did secure a notably higher share of the most desirable vote than least desirable.

Nick Leeming, of Zoopla.co.uk, commented: “Having the right celebrity on your street can benefit a neighbourhood and have a positive impact on home values but the wrong celebrity can have the opposite effect. An unpopular celebrity can not only make a street less appealing, but actually damage house prices. It’s clear from these results who the public believes would benefit and harm their street. No doubt there have been more than a few sighs of relief since Katie Price put her Surrey pile on the market.”

Anyone hoping to make their celebrity neighbour dream come true can expect to dig deep in their pockets. Properties for sale around Colin Firth’s home in Chiswick, London, currently cost £647,988 on average according to Zoopla.co.uk.

But those already living on Katie Price’s road may be cheering with joy now she has put her house in the market. Average prices on Longhurst Road in Woldingham, Surrey are currently £975,482 according to Zoopla.co.uk.

See Katie Price’s property for sale on Zoopla.co.uk

See Kerry Katona’s former Cheshire property for sale on Zoopla.co.uk

For further information, please contact:
Lawrence Hall at lawrence.hall (at) zoopla (dot) co.uk or on 020 7620 4618


  •     Zoopla.co.uk invited registered users of Zoopla.co.uk to participate in this survey
  •     The survey was fielded from February 11th to February 20th 2011
  •     There were 4,107 respondents

About Zoopla.co.uk
Zoopla.co.uk is the UK’s most comprehensive property website, focused on empowering consumers with the resources they need to make better-informed property decisions. We help our users make sense of the residential property market by combining property listings with market value data, local information and community tools.

Zoopla.co.uk was founded on the principles of transparency and efficiency and everything we do aims to make the market more effective for both property consumers and professionals alike. Our mission is to provide the most useful online property experience by:

  •     displaying property listings along with value and price trend information
  •     providing rich property data and local market information in one place
  •     enabling users to search for property in a variety of customised ways
  •     allowing users to engage with professionals via our tools like AskMe!
  •     building relationships between home owners and local estate agents

By combining free, instant value estimates for every UK home with sold prices, local market information and hundreds of thousands of properties available for sale and to rent, Zoopla.co.uk has rapidly become the ultimate destination for property consumers to search for property and do their market research. Launched on 2008, we are the UK's fastest growing property website, now attracting over 7 million visits per month and are proud to have been awarded numerous accolades including being listed in the Top 10 UK Tech Companies (Guardian) and the Top 10 Most Innovative UK Companies (Smarta 100) as well as being voted the UK's Best Property Portal (Daily Mail Awards).

Our unique features, like AskMe!™ and TemptMe!™ allow users to gain an insight into the market and discover information they won't find anywhere else. And our AskAnAgent feature has rapidly become one of the most valued sources of vendor leads for UK estate agents. We provide value estimates on every UK home - all 27 million - and calculate our estimates using a proprietary algorithm (secret formula) that continuously analyses millions of data points relating to property sales and home characteristics throughout the UK. Our estimates are constantly refined and updated daily, using the most recent data available and a variety of methodologies, in order to provide the most current and accurate value data on homes and areas across the UK.

Zoopla Ltd is a privately held company with a highly experienced and proven management team, backed by well-respected angel investors and leading venture capital firms Atlas Venture and Octopus Ventures.


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